Urgent search launched for Dr Michael Mosley missing on Greek island

The 67-year-old is reported to have been on holiday on the island of Symi when he disappeared.

Urgent search launched for Dr Michael Mosley missing on Greek island BBC

TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley has gone missing while on holiday on the Greek island of Symi, his agent has confirmed.

The 67-year-old is known for his work on TV programmes like This Morning and The One Show.

He also hosts the BBC health podcast Just One Thing.

The Greek police service told STV News it was informed of Dr Mosley’s disapperance on Wednesday afternoon.

A major search mission was launched involving police, the fire service, and volunteers using police dogs and drones.

An appeal posted in a Symi island Facebook group read: “A search and rescue team is coming from Athens with drones and other more sophisticated equipment to extend the search.

“They are expected to arrive by about 1 p.m.”

Alongside an image of the medic, the post continued: “Have you seen this man? He set off to walk back from St Nick’s at about 13.30 and failed to make it home. His friends are concerned as it is 6 hours since they last saw him.

“His name is Dr Mike Mosley and he is a familiar face for many British people.”

Mosley has three children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, also a doctor, author and health columnist.

He has made a number of films about diet and exercise among his documentaries and is credited with raising the popularity of the 5:2 diet for losing weight, which involves fasting for two days per week.

More recently he has advocated for intermittent fasting through the The Fast 800 diet.

The broadcaster did the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor.

He also lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites on BBC Four.

Mosley has been given an Emmy nod for BBC science documentary The Human Face, presented by John Cleese and featuring a raft of human faces including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and David Attenborough.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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